Apple’s post-3.5mm jack headphones sure sound smart

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New headphones will switch between wired and wireless modes without dropping audio.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

In advance of the next-gen iPhone, which will reportedly ditch its 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless or Lightning EarPods, Apple had filed a patent application for hybrid headphones capable of switching between wired and wireless options without dropping audio in the process.

Wireless EarPods concept will make you miss tangled headphones

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Wave goodbye to the headphone jack!
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Apple is widely rumored to be ditching its 3.5mm headphone jack connector for the iPhone 7 — in the process doing away with its long-standing white EarPods for a next generation set of either wireless or Lightning ones.

To get a glimpse of what that might look like, one concept artist/prankster recently created a mocked-up an Apple ad for what these easily-losable EarPods could look like.

If you thought it was easy to lose your existing earphones, you’ve not seen anything yet. Check out the pictures below:

Is this our first glimpse of Apple’s Lightning EarPods?

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Wave goodbye to EarPods that connect to the headphone jack.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

There are plenty of rumors that Apple plans to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack connector for the iPhone 7 — and now we’ve got our first (possible) photo of the company’s next-gen EarPods, complete with Lightning connector.

The picture first appeared on Chinese social network Weibo over the weekend. Check it out below.

Wireless EarPods, upgrading iOS, Apple’s awesome new music app and more

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Apple's next-gen wireless EarPods could wow our ears in amazing ways.
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Will Apple’s wireless EarPods change the way we hear? Why should you upgrade to the latest iOS version? How can you create a musical masterpiece with just a guitar and your iPhone?

You’ll find answers to these and other burning questions in this week’s edition of Cult of Mac Magazine. Grab the latest issue today and get the week’s best Apple news, all wrapped up in a shiny package that’s perfect for your iPad or iPhone.

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You’ll waste 3.5 days of your life untangling Apple headphones

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EarPods aren't going wireless in 2016.
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This one factoid is the greatest reason why Apple needs to kill the headphone: Over the course of your life, you’ll spend a total of 3.5 days untangling headphones.

Edward Aten decided to dive into the math of how much time is wasted in frustration as you endlessly untangle your Apple EarPods. Depending on your listening habits, you may spend up to 32 seconds a day solving the headphone cord puzzle, which adds up ton of wasted seconds over a 38 year span.